Callula Hill vote postponed

Fri, 05/01/2009 - 3:46pm
By: John Munford

Subdivision would be near Falcon Field, in industrial park

A decision on a proposal to build 80 homes, an event center and 12 villas on a 37-acre site near Falcon Field Airport has been postponed until May 11.

The matter was due to be heard at a special meeting of the Peachtree City Planning Commission Thursday night, but Pathway Communities asked that it be postponed.

The property is zoned for industrial use and Pathway Communities is seeking a rezoning to limited use industrial and limited use commercial. The villas would be rented in conjunction with the event center, Pathway officials have said.

The commission’s vote, whether for or against the rezoning, is only a recommendation. The final decision rests with the Peachtree City Council.

The site in question is part of the Southpark International Industrial Park. It is also separated from Falcon Field by two golf holes at Planterra Ridge golf course.

If ultimately approved by the council, the rezoning would be a significant departure from the city’s village concept and most recent land use plan, as the subdivision would not be directly adjacent to any other residential area.

Pathway Communities has argued the land’s proximity to Lake McIntosh makes it a prime site for lakeview homes that would also border the Planterra Ridge Golf Course.

If the subdivision is approved, its initial road access would be through the Southpark industrial park. But later a new entrance would be built off an access road to Lake McIntosh that will extend from TDK Boulevard.

The Southpark industrial park includes mostly office and distribution facility uses along with some manufacturing. Companies there include Rinnai, Aventure Aviation, the Shinsei Corporation, FieldTurf, Metal Forming and Jasper Transmissions. But those sites are zoned for industrial use and ultimately could be used in the future by other companies that have a more intensive manufacturing type process.

The limited use residential and limited use commercial classifications would allow the city to specifically tailor the uses of the property and also enact special restrictions such as increased buffers.

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Submitted by bad_ptc on Fri, 05/01/2009 - 5:54pm.

Delay, delay then delay some more.

Columbia Properties used this same tactic to diminish public input when they were asking PTC City Council for the moon, city property and the ability to ignore the 54 West Development Plan.

The net result being, they got what they asked for and more, (thanks Cindy).

Don’t fall for it again!

If they ask for another delay tell them NO and goodbye!

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Submitted by Robert W. Morgan on Sat, 05/02/2009 - 5:19am.

Delay is good, people get bored and disinterested.
Delay until vacation time is better.
A promise to bankroll a lame duck mayor's campaign for State Insurance Commissioner in turn for his (and Boone's) vote is the best possible way to do it.

Haddix at least will be watching this one and keep it high profile.

And I repeat, worst idea ever to approve this plan - especially distasteful when the dude who sort of ran PCDC is the one who wants to shatter the land use plan. Stick with the plan people. There is no reason to approve or even consider this and there is every reason to turn it down. And don't give them a special meeting - attach them to the end of a regular meeting. Turn them down at 11PM.

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Submitted by mudcat on Tue, 05/05/2009 - 6:44am.

The low life that proposed this plan had plenty of negative input within his own company - or as much as is tolerated over there. I am told that Pat Murphy saw the flaws in this plan early on and spoke up. Pat Heaburg did too, but less so.

Land use plan. Please put it up on the wall in June or whenever they vote on this horrible project. Even if Logsdon does get 2 other votes - which I really doubt - it won't hurt him a bit with his future plans.

Once again Cyndi is the key. I will lobby her to vote no - big time. You all do the same.

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Submitted by Don Haddix on Tue, 05/05/2009 - 10:32am.

On the agenda for Thursday is to move this to June 18.

We have received a number of emails opposing this rezoning, including from real estate people, one of which is a main commercial broker.

No idea of what the final vote will be if it comes to us. I just know there will be 2 no votes minimum.

And yes, I will be watching this one closely.

Don Haddix
PTC Councilman
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Submitted by Jokes on Me on Wed, 05/06/2009 - 3:33pm.

Hey Don, you are the only Council person I've ever seen anywhere who casts their vote online not only before a matter actually comes to Council, but in this case before it even gets a vote at Planning Commission. Not only that, but you cast 2 votes no less, one for you and one for someone else. Do you have any idea how wrong and beyond the bounds of appropriate governance that is? No, I didn't think so. Perhaps you should give the City Attorney a call so he can explain the concept of due process to you, instead of spending all of your time blogging bluster and blather.

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Submitted by mudcat on Wed, 05/06/2009 - 6:21pm.

She is embarrassing. Also correct, but work on the writing and speaking skills. Have another class.

The larger problem is Haddix running for mayor from his minature bully pulpit long before the qualifying round.

Controlling Doug and his votes is not a big deal - after all "Doug has a full-time job" according to our next mayor and it is perfectly acceptable for Haddix to make his decisions for him.

Lighten up Peggy, this isn't about you. Actually it is about Doug - the other Doug- the anti-Christ.

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Submitted by mudcat on Wed, 05/06/2009 - 4:38am.

Schedule a vote at vacation time and hope no one notices. This is a 25-year old tactic. Old zebras never change their spots. (that's not original - Joe Biden deserves the credit)

I hope council refuses an extension and maybe they'll go away.

The more e-mails and calls council people get opposing this project the better. It wouldn't hurt to pepper the Home Source Realtors with your objections as well. If they feel their business and reputation will suffer because of the irresponsible proposal made by their irresponsible owner (yes Mitchell still siphons money off of Home Source) they might provide the correct amount of internal pressure. And irresponsible is the proper word to use. The Land Use Plan is the bible for PTC, to ignore it is indeed irresponsible, maybe even a sin.

Looks like Cindy has the deciding vote - once again.

Submitted by Spyglass on Tue, 05/05/2009 - 1:34pm.

I know a little about this field...Real Estate anyways, and I'm dead set against this rezoning....It makes ZERO sense...when it was first proposed, I thought it adjoined Planterra, it does not. That made it make a little more sense in my mind...but now that I've researched this location, it's smack dab in the middle of prime Commercial/Industrial Real Estate. It makes no sense to me.

I'll be letting the Council know my feelings on it.

Submitted by Dondol on Tue, 05/05/2009 - 10:37am.

Keep up the good fight and don't some on here drag into meaningless arguments. Thanks for trying to keep PTC what we moved here for in the first place.

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